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Old 03-21-2005, 02:46 PM   #16
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One must step back from opinions about the Iraq War and look at his resume
please enlighten us

how he is qualified for the World Bank?
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Wolfowitz is only talking to Bono to earn credibility for himself. It is a political move because everyone respects Bono and his work. Wolfowitz has no choice because he knows his nomination is not popular. He is one of the architects behind the Project for the New American Century, one of the scariest documents I have ever read especially since they are the ones in power right now. Nuff said. He is a military blow up stuff dude, not an economic save the world dude.

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look at his resume.
Which is???
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I never said he was my top choice for the World Bank and I am not waving banners in his support. However, he is a very experienced person and Bush could have picked a much less qualified person. Also, there are Democrats who, though in disagreement with him about Iraq, feel that he is a solid choice (Biden being one of them). He has worked in Indonesia, with the Philippines, etc., so he has experience working with other people.
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Which is???
here's his resume:

http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/depsecdef_bio.html

hey, he was the ambassador to indonesia! that qualifies him! except that he has no financial credentials or development experience.. after all, he'll just work for the world BANK, does he really need to a banker?

here's something i found, its funny, and its true, maybe its funny CAUSE its true.

'World Bank President Nominee Paul Wolfowitz vows to wage war on poverty throughout the world. Wolfowitz went on to note that African nations tend to be the most poverty stricken. In accordance with time tested Wolfowitz policy, we are going to preemptively invade Africa to prevent the spread of poverty to the US. Bombings will commence at sundown. Now, you might be thinking, "You can't fight poverty with bombs." To which I think Wolfowitz might respond, "Of course you can. Bombs destroy everything, including terrorism, poverty, and HIV. Bombs bring peace and prosperity. Bombs are a good thing."

On a more serious, if not frightening, note, have you looked at Wolfowitz's resume? Astonishingly, it exhibits absolutely no experience in economics or international finance. Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, but doesn't the World Bank do a lot of, you know, like, money stuff? So maybe the president of the World Bank should, I don't know, have at least a basic knowledge of banking. I mean, more than just balancing his check book, anyway. Am I right?'

from comedy central.. funny stuff

CRYING WOLFOWITZ
3/16/2005

The World Bank is a sprawling, complex amalgam of agencies that handles vast sums of money in its efforts to improve the standards of living around the world. Which is why, for the job of World Bank President, George W. Bush has handpicked a nominee who maybe once used an ATM.

The President nominated Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to take over as head of the World Bank. Wolfowitz, who currently serves as Defense Deputy Secretary under Donald Rumsfeld, was considered the chief architect of the war in Iraq and has been a lightning rod for criticism over his decisions and statements leading to the invasion. Though in fairness to President Bush, Wolfowitz left that last bit off the resume he handed in.

The appointment is a controversial one. Wolfowitz is not regarded as an expert on development, and, as one of the main architects of the Iraq war, his nomination may be considered a slap in the face to European opponents of the war. Though in their defense, a Bush administration spokesman noted, "Whatever."

Bush was quick to list Wolfowitz's qualifications, particularly his tenure at the Department of Defense, saying, "I'd say he's a man with good experiences. He's helped manage a large organization. The World Bank's a large organization." So one of Wolfowitz's main selling points is that he worked somewhere that has a similar size, a fact that's given hope to the manager of a Times Square McDonald's for the next World Bank nomination.

The World Bank, made of 184 member countries, seeks to eliminate poverty in developing countries by helping to build schools and health centers, provide water and electricity, fight disease, and of course, free coin counting and Sunday hours.

--comedy central

and this is something else...

Occupied Iraq represents Paul Wolfowitz's main “development” experience—where he ensured billions of dollars of oil export revenues flowed into the Bush administration’s favored corporations. Jim Vallette of the Institute For Policy Studies reviews Wolfowitz's resumé and sees that all his paths have led to oil.

Jim Vallette is the research director for the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the co-author of numerous reports on the World Bank, including most recently Wrong Turn from Rio: The World’s Bank Road to Climate Catastrophe.

President George W. Bush has shocked the international development world by announcing that he wants Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to be the next president of the World Bank. Choosing Wolfowitz for this job makes perfect sense if the Bush administration intends to completely alienate the world community. It’s the worst presidential nomination since Ronald Reagan picked James Watt to head the Interior Department, and it betrays the government’s practice of putting business and geopolitical interests above all else.

The U.S. government has selected every World Bank president in the “development” institution’s 60-year history, and alone holds de facto veto power on its executive board. Through this dominant position, U.S. administrations have long used the Bank to pry open developing countries’ economies and resources—to satisfy the insatiable appetites of U.S. corporations. This primary objective of Washington’s policy at the Bank has been threatened in recent months and years by calls to democratize the institution, and to end its support for export-oriented oil projects.

At the past two World Bank annual meetings, ministers and lawmakers from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific pointedly demanded that the democratically elected representatives of borrowing nations be the final arbiters of all economic policies in their countries. They are challenging the very structure of the Bank—which would entail taking voting power from the wealthiest nations. Also, a Bank-commissioned study last year recommended that it phase out all financing of oil projects, because the exhaustive investigation found no examples where such projects alleviate poverty. The Bank itself has rejected its own commission’s recommendations.

The United States fears democracy and reform at the Bank. In a confidential June 2003 note to the World Bank board, then-Executive Director for the United States Carole Brookins wrote a terse rebuttal. “Giving population and other factors a weight in voting strength would create a radically different, less desirable and non-financial structure for the Bank,” she said.

Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are now striking back with another demonstration of “shock and awe,” by nominating Paul Wolfowitz, a primary architect of the Iraq invasion and the botched reconstruction efforts thereafter. Wolfowitz must be approved by the World Bank’s executive board to get the job. For the sake of the world’s poor, let’s hope that the board rebuffs this nomination.

Over decades of political work, Wolfowitz and longtime buddies Donald Rumsfeld and Cheney have mastered the art of packaging raw geopolitical and corporate objectives into initiatives named otherwise. Strategic oil fields have preoccupied them in and out of office.

It is almost a natural progression for the Bush/Cheney administration to want someone this steeped in blood and oil in charge of the World Bank. He was a weapon of mass deception for corporate quests in Iraq. At the Bank, he can serve the same function under the cloak of poverty alleviation.

Wolfowitz long advocated for the Iraq invasion, partly on the basis that Saddam Hussein controlled a lot of the world’s oil. In 1998, he advocated the creation of a “liberated zone” in Southern Iraq, and the creation of a “provisional government to control the largest oil field in Iraq and make available to it, under some kind of appropriate international supervision, enormous financial resources for political, humanitarian and eventually military purposes,” in testimony before Congress. “Saddam’s supporters in the Security Council—in particular France and Russia—would suddenly see a different prospect before them. Instead of lucrative oil production contracts with the Saddam Hussein regime, they would now have to calculate the economic and commercial opportunities that would come from ingratiating themselves with the future government of Iraq. “

With the invasion of Iraq, Wolfowitz executed a similar agenda, using oil resources as a lever for economic, military and commercial opportunities. Occupied Iraq represents the main “development” experience of this would-be World Bank honcho.

Wolfowitz helped orchestrate the U.S. reconstruction agenda, first by trying to strong-arm non-coalition Europeans into canceling Iraq’s debt. “I hope they [Paris, Moscow and Berlin] will think about how they can contribute to helping the Iraq people get on their feet,” he told an April 2003 Senate hearing. “I hope, for example, they'll think about the very large debts that come from money that was lent to the dictator to buy weapons and to build palaces.” He has never vocalized opinions on debt cancellation accumulated by other odious regimes, as far as the public record reveals.

After the Europeans did not fall in line, Wolfowitz said the spoils of war—er, reconstruction contracts—should go only to those countries that supported the U.S. invasion. In a Dec. 3, 2003, memo, Wolfowitz limited the use of Iraq development funds to only those companies that are based in coalition countries. “Coalition partners share in the U.S. vision of a free and stable Iraq. The limitation of sources to prime contractors from those countries should encourage the continued cooperation of coalition members,” he wrote.

Over the ensuing months, billions of dollars of oil export revenues flowed through the Coalition Provisional Authority-controlled Development Fund for Iraq (DFI)—and into the Bush/Cheney administration’s favored corporations.

An investigation by the agency’s inspector general hardly reads like a recommendation for a would-be president of the world’s largest development institution. The January 2005 audit found: “The CPA provided less than adequate controls for approximately $8.8 billion in DFI funds, provided to Iraqi ministries through the national budget process. Specifically, the CPA did not establish or implement sufficient managerial, financial, and contractual controls to ensure funds were used in a transparent manner. Consequently, there was no assurance the funds were used for the purposes mandated by” the United Nations.

As with the Europeans, the Bush administration had a difficult time in getting the World Bank to walk in lock-step on Iraq. Outgoing World Bank President James Wolfensohn did not back Wolfowitz’s call for total debt cancellation, nor did he rush his employees into the country after the invasion. With many European powers locked out of reconstruction contracts, he had little chance of reaching a consensus on the Bank’s executive board.

The Bank’s reticence to finance projects in Iraq may have pushed Cheney and gang over the edge, ushering the embodiment of U.S. unilateralism into his anointed role. With Wolfowitz in charge, the World Bank may be able to complete what the Iraq invasion started two years ago: U.S. corporate control over the world’s second-largest oil reserves.

jim valette, tompaine.com


I think that proves how competent and useful wolfowitz is for the development work he will do so enthusiastically in the world bank.. maybe he was promised this post earlier, and he did he job in an extraordinary way, and got his promotion. well done mr president. well done, mr wolfowitz
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Wolfowitz, 61, was among the most forceful of those in the Bush administration in arguing that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction,
and he had predicted that Americans would be welcomed as liberators rather than occupiers once they toppled Saddam's government.


the world sees him as someone with very poor judgement

not someone to be trusted in an important decission making position
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I love how out of the thousands of people in the govt and in public service let alone private companies, that one guy gets a job.
Its such a blatant display of giving a buddy a job.
I might as well appoint my buddy who never went to medical school as my new surgeon.
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for Bush, loyalty is more important than ability.
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I love how out of the thousands of people in the govt and in public service let alone private companies, that one guy gets a job.
Its such a blatant display of giving a buddy a job.
I might as well appoint my buddy who never went to medical school as my new surgeon.
he'd do a damn good job if he is a butcher!

its pretty much the same thing, appointing a warmonger for development.
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I love how out of the thousands of people in the govt and in public service let alone private companies, that one guy gets a job.
Its such a blatant display of giving a buddy a job.
I might as well appoint my buddy who never went to medical school as my new surgeon.
My sentiments exactly.
Me:Uh, doc, what's the anesthesia, can you tell me something about it?
non-surgeon: It's one I just heard about yesterday, and of course I can't give shots............uh, nurse, give her some gas.
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This is absolutely true.
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I'd almost rather see Bono sacrifice U2 than to see this trainwreck.
That's the first thought that went through my mind when I heard the news.
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Stiglitz warns of violence if Wolfowitz goes to World Bank
By Robert Peston (Filed: 20/03/2005)

Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank and one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, has launched a savage attack on US plans to appoint Paul Wolfowitz as the World Bank's new president.


In an exclusive interview, the American Nobel laureate said: "The World Bank will once again become a hate figure. This could bring street protests and violence across the developing world." He described President Bush's determination to appoint his deputy defence secretary to the important post as "either an act of provocation or an act so insensitive as to look like provocation". Wolfowitz is widely regarded as the creator of the policy that led to the US war in Iraq.

The choice of Wolfowitz has also created a dilemma for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. They fear he would stand in the way of their high-profile initiative to alleviate African debt and poverty. However, they are reluctant to spark a dispute with the White House by going public with their concerns. "This is a big problem for us," said an official close to the chancellor. "We are still working out what to do."
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Peace, prosperity and world respect. Can it be that it was only five years ago that this was our reality? How much more damage will be done before rational minds prevail?
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Peace, prosperity and world respect. Can it be that it was only five years ago that this was our reality? How much more damage will be done before rational minds prevail?
Oh for goodness sake ~ take off your rose coloured glasses and look at the world for what it is and always has been a harsh place where shit happens and people die. Iraq was fucked up big time 5 years ago and there was no prospect of respite from the dictator, Islamic fanatics were openly preaching violence against the great satan and laying their plans. There was no peace, prosperity or world respect 5 years ago and there never has been.
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